Monday, October 22, 2012
Inspired by the16th Century Ruff - A Ruffle Tutorial
Here's a purse I just finished sewing--I call it "The Ruff."
I could have called it the Ruffnerian--but my friend Mark would have collared me.
Speaking of collars . . .
The decorative purse ruffle reminds me of a mid-16th century collar.
Here's a portrait of Elizabeth I wearing a ruff collar.
Detail of Darnley Portrait of Elizabeth I, c. 1575
BEST: to use knit fabrics that do not fray.
Cut lots and lots of 2" squares.
Cut the squares using pinking shears.
I used a rotary cutter fitted with a pinking blade and the cutting went really fast.
Please use extreme caution when using the pinking blade rotary cutter.
I began by making a foundation fabric strap.
On the strap I sewed 3 lines.
The sew lines are guidelines
Fold a 2" square into a triangle shape.
Place triangle on one of the sewing lines.
Take 2-3 stitches and stop
Place next triangle in front of the pressure foot.
Stitch through the first triangle,
and 2-3 stitches into the second triangle, then stop.
Stitch through second triangle,
and 2-3 stitches into the third triangle, then stop
Continue folding 2" squares into triangles,
placing one triangle in front of the other.
Start sewing another row of triangles,
on the middle sewing line.
As you add triangles to the middle sewing line,
fold over the triangles from the 1st sewing line
to make room to lay down fabric triangles.
The finished ruffle pictured here (right) has 3 rows of triangles.
creating a nice looking ruffle.
I hand sewed the ruffle to the purse exterior.
But if you make the strap wider to begin with
you can successfully machine sew the ruffle to the purse during construction.
I hand-pressed the sewing line open, so you can see the construction.
It fluffs up quite nice - could be fun trim for a winter hat.
Have fun making the ruffle!
Purse Interior has 4 stacked pockets, and a key fob.
I apologize for accidently erasing my previous post "Seeing Red" where I was showing you a red and a brown faux leather purses I just finished.
What can I say? I messed up.
Here are some photos from that post